It was February 2003 when a copy of Rapport dropped through our letter box. We were living a quiet, comfortable existence in a Warwickshire village with no thoughts of moving. Life was good and we were settled ― or so we thought.
As I began flicking through Rapport’s pages, I heard a voice in my head: “Would you have the courage to go to Knowle West if there were a vacancy?” I thought that was odd but continued my way towards the back pages where news of the Households is usually found.
To my utter amazement, there it was, blazoned before me in large bold print:
‘Knowle West ~ we have a vacancy for a Christian married couple. . .’
My heart began to pound.
Was this a word from God? I believed it was. I shared this with Martin. He agreed we should test it. The rest is history.
As you read this, we will have returned to Warwickshire, and no doubt be reflecting much on our time in Knowle West. Remembering those we have left behind and pondering on whether, or not we have made a difference – perhaps that’s not for us to know. We can only measure the difference it has made to our lives. Put simply, it has reshaped our preconceptions, challenged our prejudices and softened our hearts.
Naturally, there have been dark periods, but the blessings have out-weighed them by far. God has challenged us, used in ways we could never have imagined. It is our prayer that He continues to bless the presence of Lee Abbey in Knowle West through those now being called. We also pray that our experiences will be used to maximum effect wherever our Lord leads us in the future.
Yes. It took courage to step outside our comfort zone but we praise God for the privilege of serving Him in Knowle West. To Him be the glory, thanks and praise.
Thank you so much for all your prayers.